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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Angry pc operation problem

can anyone help?
the other day i was burning a cd and when done i left for the day.
when i came back that night my pc was displaying the "motherboard" display(FIC motherboards). i had to do a cold shutdown and when i tried to reboot it the motherboard display appeared again and my pc was making a clicking sound "click,click","click,click"so i turned it off.

does anyone know what causes this and if their is a fix?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 04:24 PM
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sounds like the works of a bad hard drive
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 05:05 PM
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Yup, called the "click of death". Happened to me during college ... left for school, and left the computer on, thinking to myself "I need to backup my projects when I get home tonight ...". So when I got back home, it was sitting at a blue screen (was running NT 4), rebooted, and got the clicking.

It sucks.

Only thing you can hope for is the drive still has a warranty, and can get it replaced. Otherwise, get ready to shell out some money for a new one.

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yeah when i got home last night i put the drive in my other pc and same thing happened. so i assumed it was the drive itself. i just bought the drive a month ago. western digital 8mb buffer 160 gb w ata controller. i bought it at sam's so i will return it and get a 200gb 8mb buffer for 128.00
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2003, 09:03 AM
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I have a click of death drive and my linux box still works lol

Its been running fsck for days now trying to fix the 'bad sectors'
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-23-2003, 10:33 PM
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I have a click of death drive and my linux box still works lol

Its been running fsck for days now trying to fix the 'bad sectors'
Hell, I'm surprised the system even booted with a click of death drive. I assume it's not the main drive. But still... most times I've seen drives die like that, the system won't even get past the post screen.

If there's info on it you're trying to get off, you could try freezing the drive. It's a 50/50 chance, but if it works, it'll give you about 15 minutes to get on there, and get whatever data you need off. Now, if it's actually started scraping up the film on the platters ... well, you're shit outta luck

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i tried to freeze it and that didnt help. Fry's has a WD 8mb buffer 200gb for 128.00 after rebate
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 02:57 PM
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good luck with a WD drive... I hate those as well as I hate segate... used to mass produce PC's for schools and those two where the only ones where we literally got batches of 50 or more dead drives.... and ever since then those brands always give me hell.....


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I agree with Josh (I Stang U), I don't trust WD. Used to build and repair computers for IMS, and WD, Quantum, and for a while, Toshiba hard drives were the top 3 (in that order) as far as failure rate, or just dead to begin with. I've had one problem with Maxtor in 8 years of using their drives nearly exclusively (afformentioned click of death in another thread. Drive was 2 years old, and they still replaced it under warranty).

After Toshiba cleaned up their act, IBM drives took the #3 spot.

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